Job type: Full time salaried position
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CAST is hiring an experienced Project Director to organize, coordinate, and manage the California Coalition for Inclusive Literacy (CCIL), a 3-year partnership with the California Department of Education to address the state’s five priority areas of literacy-focused Professional Learning through a tiered service model of universal, targeted and intensive supports for counties, districts and schools. The project focuses on the application and adaptation of the Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles and practices to improve literacy learning for all students, including English learners and students with disabilities. The Project Director will manage a team of four Implementation Specialists and interface with key California leaders in both the state and county offices.
In conjunction with the Professional Learning Team and under the guidance of the Director of PL, the Project Director will:
- Foster an overall atmosphere of respect, creativity, productivity, and innovation.
- Hire, train, and lead a team of specialists to implement an innovative training and development program in Universal Design for Learning to support literacy development. The work will target coaches from five County Offices of Education across the state of California and also a broader statewide network of practitioners engaged with inclusive practices to meet the needs of all learners.
- Provide leadership in fostering continuous programmatic improvement and development.
- Coordinate all project activities and resources, facilitate planning and delivery of trainings and support to program participants, and enable timely communication amongst all parties.
- Create and manage long-term term goals; develop and control deadlines, budgets, and activities; and manage interventions to ensure that the project is carried out in a timely and effective manner.
- Create and implement systems to document and report on the status of the project throughout its cycle; collaborate with program evaluator.
- Collaborate with key personnel across the state to disseminate best practices statewide.
- Assume responsibility for communicating around logistics with key personnel at the state and county level, including in preparation and processing of invoices and payments.
- Collaborate and communicate with key CAST personnel in California and Massachusetts.
- Perform other responsibilities as assigned.
- Master’s Degree in Education with at least 15 years of experience in the field.
- Experience designing innovative educational strategies and providing strategic guidance to teams in order to deliver results in a timely manner.
- Understanding of and ability to train others in Universal Design for Learning.
- Expertise in project management and proven experience leading a multi-faceted implementation effort.
- Outstanding recordkeeping and organizational skills with a proven ability to problem-solve in high pressure situations.
- Superior communication skills, including listening, demonstrating respect for differing opinions, and clarity of both verbal and written expression.
- Ability to foster a collaborative work environment.
- Expertise in literacy and/or English language development preferred.
- Ability to work on-site (health restrictions allowing) at the Placer County Office of Education.
Our work environment is collaborative, high energy, fun, and stimulating. Join us to be part of a passionate learning community dedicated to busting the barriers to learning for all learners.
We offer competitive compensation packages including health insurance, generous vacation, and flexible schedules. CAST is an Equal Opportunity Employer committed to employing a highly-qualified staff that reflects the diversity of our communities and nation.
Located a short distance north of Boston, CAST is a nonprofit education research and development organization that works to expand learning opportunities for all individuals through Universal Design for Learning. As a nonprofit, we know that every employee contributes to our international reputation as a leader in education research, technology, and universal design for learning. Teamwork, risk-taking, and collaborative thinking are essential to the way we work. Most of all, our mission—to improve learning experiences and opportunities for all individuals—motivates not only what we do but how we do it.